The annual “Fill the Boot” fundraiser came to a close Friday evening in Anchorage.
Before starting their Labor Day weekend, commuters had a chance to fill a firefighter’s boot with cash or small change for a good cause. The money raised will stay in Alaska and benefits young people diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.
The campaign is the MDA’s biggest annual fundraiser, with communities across the state participating, such as Fairbanks, Valdez, Cordova, Juneau and several others on various dates.
“Fill the Boot” raised $173,000 last year with Anchorage pulling in nearly $100,000 of that total.
The money will help families with expenses after a diagnosis, but it also sends children and young adults with the disease to a summer camp.
“Many families can't afford the things that come with the diagnosis of muscular dystrophy and so the money that is raised simply goes to help those families,” said Kristin George with MDA Alaska.
The Anchorage Firefighters’ Union has participated in the event since 1954 with men and woman volunteering their time every year.
“It's been a rewarding experiencing, I've done fill the boot every year since I’ve been hired and I've attended the summer camp for three years,” said David Barbeau, a firefighter with Station 1.
The final tally on this year’s donations will be released in October after several other Alaska communities hold their own “Fill the Boot” event.